so many good discussions, but do they have to rehash them weekly?
Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
Some time ago someone posted an answer to a question about what "MA" was. The answer was something to the effect that it is when "someone asks a question, and a pro or two argue with 50 or so hacks about what the right answer is."
I can only speak for myself on this issue. I used to post in the Instructional threads but now have withdrawn. It gets really old when you post information that is accurate and people without sufficient experience and knowledge argue with you and can't back their information with logical explainations.
I backed a poster into a corner on this site and came up with a specific turn (that I know I can do) that I wanted to see excuted with an alternative ski system's movements. (btw rob.....it's HarAld) I was sure that particular method could not produce what I asked for due to the movement pattern. When I was a bit critical on a few turns made by another "well known" poster here.....the entire thread disappeared.
My knowledge and skills are available (for free) to any Epic poster who wants to come out and ski with me.....and many have. BUT.....to try to give accurate information here and be argued with by those who don't have the experience to even be in the discussion got a bit old.....so .....
I bagged it.
Why waste my time?
Interesting thread, Rob.
A couple thoughts, in my experience, this is the time of year when many people check in. i'm pretty sure my first post was just before halloween, seems like some years ago, but i don't remember.
I'm not one of those past regulars as you can tell by my post count, but I stopped visiting as often.
UL, I must say that I really enjoyed our discussion on the turn tech you were looking for. I didn't like some of the negative offshoots, but I think there was worthwhile infomation for people to pick up some ideas. I think we all admitted that skiing doesn't take place in a vacuum and, outside of the brain and on the snow, different solutions that aren't specific to some teaching camp come up. It's skiing, which is magic play and problem solving is constant.
Rob, I've had discussions with a couple of friends of mine that are are National demo team guys (1 decided not to stay on the team this year, one just made it), and they lurk here occasionally as well. The 2 term teamer once told me that he enjoys the discussions but doesn't feel he has the time and energy to create a online identity that makes since right now. Like many of the epic ski coaches, like Robin barnes (nat. demo team this year), and Mike Rogan, they spend so much time traveling and writing for publications that they have trouble making the time for online posts.
I'm rambling, as this is one of my posts of the year and I'm out of practice (OK, maybe i always ramble).
As I said in the title here, there have been some amazing discussions here and the level of expertise and expression always astounded me. A problem is that we can't just keep having the same discussions. Maybe there should be more stickies for ideas that are part of epic ski culture that newbys should be able to find easily: ie: ski the slow line fast, psia vs pmts discussions in a positive manner (do they exist?), etc.
Anyway, Uncle Louie, I hope our discussion didn't send you away. I'm not a very talented skier, but I really enjoyed that discussion and appreciated that guys like you and Bob Barnes and Rick didn't rip Eric D and I up too much...
PS ...Also, I've met some great folks through epic and had some good days on the snow with them. I might not be spending as much computer time in my real estate office these days (which is when I tend to enjoy epic reading/writing), but I still enjoy checking in now and then and making more turns w/ epic skiers.